Gangs of Wasseypur-2 – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on August 7, 2012 | 2 Comment
PRODUCER – Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra, Guneet Monga
DIRECTOR – Anurag Kashyap
WRITER – Zeishan Quadri, Sachin Ladia, Anurag Kashyap
CAST – Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Zeishan Quadri, Reema Sen, Raj Kumar Yadav, Piyush Mishra
MUSIC – Sneha Khanwalkar
The first part of Anurag Kashyap’s epic drama Gangs of Wasseypur left us bated for breath. As the bullet-ridden body of Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai), protagonist of part-1, fell to the ground in slo-mo against the thrilling ‘Jiya Ho Bihaar Ke Laala’, and the soundtrack washed over onto the end credits, we anticipated a more powerful, more energetic climax. With reassuring confidence, Part-2 snaps in place like the bullets out of Faisal Khan’s unrelenting gun.
With part-2 Anurag Kashyap completes his generational story of the Khan-Sultan-Ramadhir Singh family feud. The revenge drama continues with Faisal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) taking up the mantle of vengeance after his brother Danish is killed too. And he does it with a fanfare and zeal we rarely get to watch onscreen. The experience of raw violence, the energy and quirky humour that began in part-1 continues to imbue the same mood over part-2. It is a finale, a coming together of the story that began in the 1940’s, a climax to a failed revenge sought by Faisal’s father and like any other second half, it seeks to complete the experience it promised in the first half. Where other films fail the first-half second half challenge, Gangs of Wasseypur provides a seamlessly powerful experience even when broken up into two.
The film packs its entire punch in its protagonist. Like the first part which centred on the flaky character of Sardar Khan, this one focuses on the serious and ruthless Faisal and gets its raw power from Nawazzuddin’s understated act that is at once steely cold-blooded and meltingly chameleon-like. There is a certain magnetism in him absorbing us and as Faisal Khan he involves us effortlessly, a look here, a turn there, keeping the rather fragmentary narrative together without having to try too hard. We immediately know we are in good hands.
The world of Wasseypur remains as interesting as before, even now that some of the earlier protagonists have passed and children have grown up. Definite (Zeishan Qadri), Sardar Khan’s son with Durga (Reema Sen) takes his place in the scheme of things as the son of the ‘other woman’ and suspense develops around him, deliciously mixed with humour and drama, bringing the film to its end with the same cold-blooded fashion it began with. The actor, also the co-writer of the film performs with a velvety assurance, melting the shades of his snake-like goofball character unnoticeably. Huma Qureshi, the self-possessed First Lady of Wasseypur packs the punch we glimpsed in the first half and alongwith Richa Chaddha’s command over her now much-older character, gives us some of the best-performed female parts in cinema. Tigmanshu Dhulia moves into his older character like a seasoned actor and Raj Kumar Yadav with his natural ease completes what comes across as a casting coup.
Gangs of Wasseypur, immensely engaging and enjoyable, however, is not without its attendant problems. Curiously, the weaknesses of the first part – choppy editing, mis-used music and indulgent set pieces carelessly stroll into the narrative here as well, taking our minds off the theme but thankfully never really derailing the experience. Sneha Khanwalkar’s music for the second part is deeper, more soulful and as trippy, at times even rising larger than the film, the latter doing it a certain injustice.
The violence is visceral and the humour trippy. The screenplay is disjointed and unnecessarily long but the pace is snappy. Gangs of Wasseypur is first-rate, crowd-pleasing, unadulterated entertainment that comes without the disclaimer to leave one’s brains home. Now if that isn’t pleasing, wonder what is?